The report should be given within fifteen days, the administration said in a meeting on foreign trade
Mekhliganj: The problem should be solved by discussing among ourselves. A detailed report of what has been decided through discussion must be submitted to the administration within fifteen days. However, if there is any hindrance in foreign trade, strict action will be taken by the administration. The administration of Mekhliganj sub-division called a meeting on Thursday to discuss various issues related to foreign trade of Changrabandha land port in Cooch Behar district. In that meeting, the administrative officials called the representatives of various organizations associated with the foreign trade work of the Changrabandha border.
The meeting of the day was held in the conference hall of the Sub-Divisional Ruler. A section of truck owners and traders have been complaining of illegal withdrawal of money from trucks at Changrabandha land port for several days. An atmosphere of unrest was created due to repeated disturbances on the border over the issue. It also disrupts foreign trade. After that, the administration was shaken. On this day, 15 days time was fixed by the administration to solve the problem. However, questions have arisen whether it will be a permanent solution to the problem at all.
Representatives of Changrabandha Truck Owners Association, Truck Salvage Committee, Exporters Association, C&F Agent Welfare Association were present in the meeting. Chittagopal Mandal, a businessman accused of illegally extorting money from cargo trucks at the Changrabandha border, was also summoned. Besides, the discussion was held in the presence of Mathabhanga Additional Superintendent of Police Amit Verma, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ram Kumar Tamang, BDO Arun Kumar Samant, Police Circle Inspector Man Rai, OC Rahul Talukder etc.
After the meeting, businessman Chittababu said, ‘The administration has made arrangements to export the trucks which were detained by the truck owners’ association to Bangladesh. But my demand is to stop collecting illegal money.’ However, Changrabandha Truck Owners Association president Majid Islam has already claimed Chittababu’s complaint as baseless. Bimal Kumar Ghosh, president of Changrabandha Exporters Association, said that the administration has been asked to ensure that there is no problem in foreign trade. If there is any problem, the three organizations have been asked to sit and discuss and settle it.